The latest insanity has been caused by the ongoing water main upgrade work on Hamilton Avenue between Webster and Alma. This project has resulted in a series of steel plates being placed on the street in the westbound lane (heading in the direction of Alma) to cover the work in progress. Because drivers apparently don't want to drive over the bumpy plates on that side of the road (even drivers in those gigantic SUVs, ludicrously enough), many have decided simply to cross the double-yellow line and drive on the wrong side of the road through downtown. Just this morning in a ten minute stretch while walking my dog around 6:40 am, I watched three successive cars do this--and it's a daily occurrence.
Setting aside the breathtaking--yet entirely typical--selfishness it takes to decide the suspension on one's car is worth risking a head-on collision, I have to ask: what will it take to get our city council and police department to pony up for a traffic enforcement unit again? Will a cyclist or pedestrian have to die? Or do we have to wait for a series of head-on collisions in downtown?
I'm so tired of watching lazy, selfish drivers running lights and stop signs and ignoring rules of the road--not to mention hearing the screech of tires and crunch of collisions--all over our neighborhoods here, and it's past time for our elected officials to start doing something about it!